Program & Events




The Last Spike 1869


2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Chinese immigrants contributions to the building of our first transcontinental railroad. In 1865, these immigrants were enlisted by the Central Pacific Railroad to lead in the building the most challenging section of the transcontinental railroad up and over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There were 15 tunnels over the course of the construction, and the longest was called the Summit with a length of 1659 feet. We invite you to join our community for this 2015 celebration of the accomplishments of these immigrants by becoming a sponsor of the events planned for next year.

The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, and it united California and the other western states to the eastern part of the country. With the new opened markets in the east, there was rapid growth in California’s agricultural production which was later followed by growth other economical forms as well. We are indeed indebted to the Chinese immigrants contributions to the building of the west. We hope you will join us and others in these very important celebrations next year:


Opening Ceremony / Celebration Gala

May 15, 2015, CA Railroad Museum, Sacramento

Historical Photo Exhibition

May 15, 2015, CA Railroad Museum, Sacramento
May 15 - June 15, 2015, Sacramento County Administration Center
May 15 - June 15, 2015, Chinese Railroad Museum, Beijing, China

Sightseeing Train Ride

May 16-17, 2015, Oakliand - Sacramento - Reno

Angel Island Tour / Chinatown Tour

May 16, 2015, San Francisco

Chinese American Youth Essay Contest*
- in the Steps of Our Fathers

May 2015, San Francisco

Closing Gala / Dinner Floor Show

May 31, 2015, Far East Cafe - San Francisco Chinatown

Memorial Monument / Completion Celebration

October 2015, Gold Run



Rrailroad 150 Program Book

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